Jae Bok “Kim” Yarlott
Thu, 07/13/2017 - 5:00am admin
Jae Bok “Kim” Yarlott was born Kim Jae Bok in Seoul, South Korea, on Dec. 6, 1929, the first-born daughter of her father Kim Tae Whan, and her mother Chung Kun Sim. She peacefully left this world on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at home with her family around her.
Jae Bok worked on military bases in the area of Seoul during the Korean conflict and it is there that she met David Yarlott Sr. in 1956. They soon fell in love and, as David Sr. likes to tell it, she became not only his first, but also his second and third wife because they had to go through three marriage ceremonies in order to prove to the U.S. Military that they were serious about being married. Only her passing would separate them more than 60 years later.
Shortly after being married, she attained the rank of 5-star General over her household and family: A post that she would hold for the next 60-plus years. David Sr. claims that he had to salute her whenever she told him to do something. Into this marriage were born five children: David “Chung Su” (Beth) Yarlott Jr., Eugene (Gayle) Yarlott, Curtis (Sally) Yarlott, and twins Charlene (Mark) Johnson and Charlotte Jefferson. Jae Bok and David Sr. also raised a grandson, David (Jessica) Yarlott III, as their own child.
Arriving on the Crow Indian Reservation in 1960 when the vast majority of tribal members spoke the language, Jae Bok learned the Crow Indian language. This delighted many over the years and surprised a few when she would speak Crow to them.
Jae Bok provided babysitting in her home for a number of years. Many of the children whom she babysat came in as infants and stayed until they started school, so they thought of her as a second mom and to this day consider Jae Bok’s children as their siblings and vice versa. Jae Bok worked for many years as a cook at the Chuckwagon Café in Hardin. She later worked as a cook at the Crow Agency Public School until her retirement.
Jae Bok was preceded in death by her grandchildren Dustin Anthony Jefferson and Summer Alanis Yarlott, and by daughter-in-law Debbie Howe Yarlott. She is survived by her husband David Yarlott Sr., her children, grandchildren and several great-grandchildren on the U.S. side; and by sister Chae Suki’s children and grandchildren in South Korea. She also considered the many relatives of her husband as her family.
The family wishes to extend special thanks to Lucy Nomee Gun Shows, Crystal Ellingson, and Linda Edwards for their caring assistance at home; Dr. David Mark, Dr. Bella Gentry and Heather Bear Cloud of Bighorn Valley Health Center; and to Public Health Nurse Esther Wynne-Wilson for the excellent medical care.
Funeral services were scheduled for 11 a.m., Saturday, July 8, 2017, at the Spirit of Life Four-Square Church in Crow Agency. Interment followed at the Hardin Fairview Cemetery.
Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements.